People want to tell their story, interpret their times, write and act with beauty and truth… before their peers, both on and off the stage. Itinerant Theatre (IT) wants to make that possible. IT’s mission is to produce and perform affordable, professional theatrical works for artistically underserved audiences.
IT builds on its Board members’ collective experience of presenting, producing, directing, acting and writing for the theatre and other performing arts, all on a shoestring budget.
IT looks forward to collaborating with other performing arts where possible.
For the 2019-20 season
IT proudly announces a successful October 18-19, 2019 event, “Louisiana Women: Life Inspired”. Carolyn Woosley stage read two of her 13 Louisiana Women, “Caroline” (Dormon), the first woman in forestry in the USA and “Elizebeth”(Thomas Werlein) who led the effort to save New Orlean’s French Quarter from demolition. Woosley prefaced each reading with short dramaturg’s notes on “the world of” each woman.
The December 2019 holiday event, Seasonal Inspirations was a joy. IT had a full house to enjoy wassail and cookies. The cast of five celebrated the origins of the winter celebrations, read three original short works by Alana Jennings, Kathy Heath and Tasha Guidry. Tony James and Joy Pace, Director rounded out the cast. The room joined in singing Christmas carols.
January 25, 2020 IT sponsored its first large fundraiser Spotlight on Zydeco featuring Rusty Metoyer and the Zydeco Krush. The lighthearted evening of dance and a diverse choice of music — Zydeco, pop, Cajun, swing — ran 9:00-12:00pm, Saturday, Jan 25 at The Foundation House, 720 Enterprise Blvd, downtown Lake Charles.
For IT’s fifth New Play Series: The Play’s the Thing 2020 the theme is “Life Inspired”. The plays are 10-minutes in length or short plays (under an hour) and have six or fewer characters. The selection of 26 plays from over 900 submissions (!) has been made. The selections are listed in this website’s blog, dated April 5, 2020. They are also posted on IT’s Facebook page, on or around that same date. The extraordinary number of plays submitted were from playwrights across the USA and internationally.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic the production of these 26 staged readings is TBA.
Check Facebook, Twitter and the blog of this website for other to-be-announced readings and productions in Year 2020. Clearly the pandemic has put the quietus on live art productions worldwide. IT remains committed to live theatre, but will also be guided by careful consideration of the best of science and the data. As always, IT will continue to think outside the box.
Itinerant Theatre continues to cultivate and showcase the talents of young and old in front of, and behind, the curtain.